View From The Cloud

View From The Cloud

View From The Cloud

With rapid adoption of cloud computing technology due to its innumerable benefits such as reductions in costs, ease of access, simplicity, flexibility etc., businesses are quick at grabbing every opportunity despite associated potential risk such as data security. Cloud computing is exponentially growing, and statistics shows us that in various forms such as Gartner report, etc. In a typical Information technology (IT) environment, physical servers, desktops, LAN’s, WAN’s are managed in-house personnel, whereas, using cloud computing, it perhaps is just the opposite. In other words, the entire IT infrastructure may be managed by the cloud service provider including providing servers, applications, storage, etc. So, what does the future look like for the in-house IT department?

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Few decades ago, IT was once considered a burden and a necessary evil, however, today IT has become as important as the oxygen you inhale. Information technology, as aforementioned, functions in the background; nevertheless, it is also the backbone of the organization. If the IT system falls short of resources in order to make ends meet, the organization’s efficacy is hampered. Cloud computing seems to amicably and seamlessly resolve this matter. The IT workforce has become such an indispensable section of the organization that we expect it to function with absolute lucidity and alacrity; however, when this scenario ceases to exist – even if it is for a brief period – the infrastructural base of communication endures a beating. Cloud computing, perhaps, is also an answer to this ordeal.

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Computing with its flexible nature can be deployed in various forms such as private, public, community, or hybrid cloud giving businesses ample room to play and choose the best option that suits their need and requirement. More importantly, as the story goes, camel’s nose under the tent…give cloud computing an inch and it will take a mile! Invariably, cloud computing seems to have the ability to somehow sneakily penetrate businesses, which may, in fact, be beneficial for businesses. The downside though is the resistance among businesses to actively adapt to this new environment and technology. Generally, businesses are accustomed to follow conventional procedures and conventions, and with cloud computing lurking around not only enticing you to make the leap but also ‘change’ with it, may be intimidating and a daunting concept.

Big Data is yet another beast that businesses are hastily trying to tame. Within a conventional IT environment, businesses are facing many challenges with Big Data, however, cloud computing provides an answer to this problem especially coupled with multi-tenant architecture. Once again, cloud computing to the rescue! Cloud computing works on a pay-as-you-go model, permitting businesses to custom design cloud infrastructure based on a specific set of requirements, while choosing among various types of services offered by the cloud, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Where is all this leading to? Is future IT infrastructures going to be replaced by cloud computing in totality? Factors such as exponential growth of mobile-computing among users in today’s globalized world, Big Data, increased IT hardware costs, and high-utility costs may force businesses to find alternate ways to cope up. Cloud computing is not just a buzz word, but serves the all-important function of allowing businesses to focus on their core expertise and skills.

By Syed Raza

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